Warriors Fifth at Conference Tourney

Sioux County’s Rachel Krein (13) goes up for a hit against Hemingford at the Panhandle Conference Tournament Saturday. Photo by Kerri Rempp

The Sioux County Warriors went 1-1 at the Panhandle Conference Tournament Saturday and finished in fifth place, snapping a three-year title-winning streak.

The Warriors entered the tournament as the number four seed and were upset by number five Hemingford in the opening contest. The Hemingford Bobcats took the win 25-23, 5-25 and 25-21. Sioux County was up 12-5 early in the first set but stalled during a run of Bobcat ace serves and tips, which allowed Hemingford to tie the contest at 13. The Bobcats pulled ahead, but the Warriors tied it again at 17 and 23 before winning the first set on a kill by Elizabeth Mayer.

Sioux County flipped the script in the second set and rolled to the easy 25-5 win, which included two kills and an ace serve by Tamika Eastman, two ace serves and two tips for kills by Sierra Eastman, a kill and a block by Kailey Krein and an ace and a kill by Skylar Edmund.

The final set saw the Bobcats in the lead most of the time, though the two teams were tied four times before set point nine was reached. The Bobcats held a 22-19 advantage late, and the Warriors were only able to close to within two with kills by Britney Klein and Edmund.

The loss dropped the Warriors to the fifth-place consolation bracket, where they faced Morrill. Sioux County earned a check in the win column with a 25-17, 25-11 finish. The Warriors handled the Lions easily, leading from the outset in both sets.

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